The NY Mets Plan? There Is No Plan


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Yesterday was one of the great Mets wins in a long, long time. Bravo Ike Davis for bringing the fan base to its feet with cheers instead of tears but the fact that Ike gets the start at 1B today make this nice little 2 game win streak irrelevant .

While Mets  fans should be rooting for a three game sweep over a first division club in the Cincinnati Reds, we are left to scratch are heads as to why this team continues to make the moves it does. Terry Collins proclaimed Lucas Duda as THE starting first baseman. To most clear thinking fans the interpretation  was that Duda would start the bulk of games at first with Josh Satin as his righty hitting under study, but a look at the lineup for today its Ike Davis at 1B against the right handed Alfredo Simon ,so much for Duda getting a chance to play every day.

If Collins reasoning to play Ike over Duda was on account of that game winning Grand Slam, it would hold more merit with me but his response as to why Ike gets the start today is a head shaker:

Despite naming Lucas Duda his starter, Terry Collins said that he was planning to start Davis on Sunday anyway.

“When I talked to him the other day, I said, ‘Listen, you’re going to play Sunday. So even though it may not be an everyday thing, you’re going to get playing time,” Collins said

Uhhhhhh???? After TWO games as the ever day first baseman, Duda takes a seat and Ike gets to play. Are you kidding me? Where is the plan? Where is the commitment to Duda to give him time to get in a groove? Is there a plan? Out sure it there is it’s called the seat of your pants plan.

If I’m a player in that clubhouse I have to have some strong reservations when the manager tells me what my role is on this team, because what your told today could change tomorrow. This is the main problem Mets relievers have with the manager, they would like to know what their defined role is in the pen and Collins couldn’t care less about how they feel he wants them to be ready at all times when that bullpen phone rings. How‘s that been working out for you so far Terry?

As you can hear in the above  link to the Mets Kult of Personalities Podcast from yesterday,  I talked about Sandy Alderson over playing his hand in trying to deal Davis in the off season and spring and that I feel it’s time to move him not to Las Vegas but to another organization .

As much as I enjoyed the Grand Slam Walk Off yesterday, I still say it’s time to cut bait with Ike.


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  1. Eddie Wilkowski says:

    I agree with you regarding the team’s inability or unwillingness to make a decision. I do however don’t put it all on Collins. A great deal of deal this comes from the king of ambiguity and vacillation himself Sandy Alderson. This is the tone he sets for the organization. They obviously favor Duda the pitch taker who frankly is a mannequin at first but fear parting ways with Ike because they don’t want to see him wake up and be a 30 home run guy who gets back to work on his defense with another team. In true Met fashion Ike wins yesterday’s game in the most dramatic fashion yet last night they were able to leak the Ike stays out too late stuff all over again. What’s with the Mets inability to make a decision and their penchant for maligning their own players? If you want Duda set Ike free.

  2. Rich Kissel says:

    Original Mets fan from the Bronx. My father went to James Monroe HS and I was an Eddie Kranepool fan from the beginning until today!

    Those early days were special!

  3. I think it is more important to cut bait with the manager. I would prefer Backman, but Teufel would be fine. I don’t care who as long as they are not in the Bob Geren, Art Howe mode. I get the fact that Alderson wants to control the lineup, but what has that resulted in? I have two QBs thus I have no QB. That is what this is. Pick one, take what you can get for the other. No one who is honest will scream if they got rid of the wrong one. In two years, neither one will be the starter, as Dominic Smith will likely be the starter by the end of 2016.


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